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Gone Baby Gone

A movie directed by Ben Affleck

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"Sheep Among Wolves"

  • Feb 14, 2008
Rating:
+3
`Gone Baby Gone' is as unsettling as it is intriguing. Behind the headlines of child abduction, the movie is disturbingly real with events that develop naturally. As complicated as life itself, the film captures a mystery of tangled proportions.

Little four-year-old Amanda MacReady has been kidnapped from her Dorchester, MA home. We see private detective, Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) watching the latest breaking stories of her abduction on television with his girlfriend and co-partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan). Soon afterward, Amanda's Aunt Bea (Amy Madigan) and Uncle Lionel (Titus Welliver) come to their apartment and ask to hire them. The young investigative couple is skittish at the prospect of taking on a private case while troops of police officers are on the assignment, and its nature isn't exactly like the ones they've tackled before.

But take it they do and soon they meet some tough, but weary veterans, including Capt. Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman) and Det. Denny Bressant (Ed Harris). Jack Doyle has some pretty harsh words for the Private I. who's skeptical of another investigator and takes each new case personally. Included in his past is his own daughter who was kidnapped and found dead just yards away from his own residence. Det. Remy takes his work only slightly less to heart.

Backing Patrick is Helene MacCready, who eventually trusts him more than the police to find her only daughter. This gives Patrick the advantage of finding some seedy characters in her own life. Quickly we find out she's a coke addict and has a network of connections that take them into a whole underworld of shady drug dealers and predators. Soon we're introduced to turf leader "Cheese" (Edi Gathegi) and her boyfriend, Leon (Mark Margolis). (Her family is logically upset with the situation and Helene's irresponsible behavior.) Seldom does the drama fail to surprise while managing to keep the plot lines accessible.

Directed and co-written by Ben Affleck (whose co-writing for 'Good Will Hunting' won him an Oscar) the movie gets its footing quickly and keeps our interest with its labyrinth investigation and revealingly dark characters. Amy Ryan's worthy Oscar nomination is the high-water mark of acting amongst a fine cast, including similarly nominated Casey Affleck (albeit for his more nervous and nuanced performance in 'The Assassination of Jesse James...') who keep us on our toes along with the Brothers Affleck. Engaging and thought-provoking in its ramifications without trying to exploit, `Gone, Baby, Gone' achieves quite a balancing act.

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review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Amy Ryan shines and there are some fine piece parts...but there also are a lot of
Gone Baby Gone drops more F-bombs than dogs in a public park drop pooch poop. That's only part of the problem with this movie, which contains within a lot of wrapping a clever, complicated mystery. Scattered throughout the movie also are what seem to be endless "acting" moments for every featured actor, a style of self-aware directing that spills over onto some of the actors' performances, plus enough social sermonizing to keep even Sean Penn happy.       …
review by . August 11, 2010
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Based on a novel by Dennis LeHane. With Ben Affleck, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Morgan Freeman.      A little girl disappears from her run down Boston neighborhood, where Patrick Kenzie grew up and, now in his thirties, has never left. He and girlfriend Angie Gennaro live and work together, and life is good. When this pair of private investigators are asked to find the missing child, they reluctantly agree. But things don't go as hoped. And when Patrick finally uncovers the …
review by . November 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
A good neo-noir that will boggle you, while at the same time blow you away
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review by . June 19, 2009
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review by . November 15, 2008
This movie pulls no punches in revealing the dark sides of its characters, and the result is a gritty, compelling crime drama, with a surprise around every corner.     Casey Affleck (brother of Ben a.k.a. the Director of the movie, a.k.a. half of Bennifer 2) plays Patrick Kenzie, a low budget private investigator who specializes in finding missing people. His partner is his live-in girlfriend Angie, and the two are hired by the aunt of a missing girl to supplement the efforts …
review by . December 05, 2008
Pros: great cast     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line:   "Could it be it's the end of our world?  All the things that we cherish and love  Nothing left but to face this all on my own"  ~Iron Maiden         Despite the subject matter, Gone Baby Gone was quite a good movie.  Ben Affleck made his directorial debut for a major picture and brought along his little brother Casey for …
review by . September 08, 2008
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River was pretty good to me. Affleck's direction is more than adequate. I'm sure he's aping Clint Eastwood's film version of Mystic River much of the time, and there's one scene that's way too reminiscent of Se7en, but he shows a lot of skill. He's great at capturing his hometown of Boston and the people who live there.     The story revolves around the investigation of a missing girl. Morgan …
review by . April 14, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: The story and plot are really good, the acting good, the pacing is great      Cons: Nothing really stands out, but it lacks something intangible from being 5 stars      The Bottom Line: A solid interpretation of a complex plot. Without reservation, it is worth the time.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone adapted from the Dennis …
review by . February 13, 2008
Ben Affleck has written (with Aaron Stockard) a superb screenplay adaptation of Dennis Lahane's novel GONE BABY GONE and has proceeded to direct this tough tale with an ensemble cast of both well-known actors and unknown actors and walk-ons from the streets of the Boston area where they grisly story takes place. The result is a film so well tuned and realistic with a perfect sense of pacing and character development that it becomes a remarkable calling card for Ben Affleck's career as a director. …
review by . January 08, 2008
This is a confident and assured directing-debut for Ben Affleck. He has proven to be a good screenwriter (he co-wrote this one, as well as the Oscar-winning script to GOOD WILL HUNTING), but has been prett spotty as an actor. Sometimes his choices were poor and sometimes his performances too. He is obviously very intelligent and capable...but that doesn't always come through in his performances.     With GONE BABY GONE, filmed in Affleck's beloved and familiar Boston...he has …
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For his initial offering as director, Ben Affleck returns to the site of his first Oscar: South Boston. (He and Matt Damon shared the award forGood Will Hunting.) Hot on the heels of his moving turn inHollywoodland, Affleck's Dennis Lehane adaptation marks one of the more seamless actor-to-filmmaker transitions in recent years. Ostensibly, a procedural about the search for a missing child, class and corruption emerge as his primary concerns. First off, there's low-rent private eye Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck, equally adept inThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Then there's the girl's drug mule mother, Helene (Amy Ryan,Before the Devil Knows You're Dead). She and Patrick grew up in Dorchester, but he took a different path, setting up an agency with his girlfriend, Angie (Michelle Monaghan). Helene's aunt, Bea (Amy Madigan), hires the duo to augment the investigation, and they team up with Captain Doyle (Morgan Freeman) and Detective Bressant (Madigan's husband, Ed Harris). The authorities don't appreciate the interference, but Patrick knows how to get the local populace talking, and he soon finds there's more to the story than anyone could possibly imagine. Hard-hitting, but never soft-headed, the evocative end result proves Affleck has a flair for this directing thing and that his little brother can carry a major motion picture with aplomb.Gone Baby Gonebelongs on the list of great Boston crime dramas, along ...
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Director: Ben Affleck
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: October 19, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Affleck
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Studio: Miramax
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